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Meet Preston’s councillors: Neil Cartwright representing Preston Rural East

Posted on - 23rd August, 2013 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Grimsargh

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This is the latest in our series looking at the councillors who represent us.

Name? Neil Cartwright

Age? 64 but young in outlook!

Which ward do you represent? Rural East covering the parishes of Broughton, Haighton & Grimsargh

How long have you represented the ward? Complicated! First elected in 1976 but elected to the then Rural West Ward which covered Lea round to Broughton. Retired in 1995 (heart attack!) and returned to my present ward (following boundary changes) in 2002.

Do you live in the ward/How long have you lived in the ward? No, live in Fulwood but have very long standing connections to Broughton. In my formative years my “local” was the Shuttleworth Arms at Broughton crossroads.

Do you still work? If so, what do you do? Retired

If you’ve retired, what did you used to do? Property Manager for British Rail/Railtrack

What’s your favourite thing about your ward/or place to visit in your ward? It consists of quite distinctive communities each with their own character. Despite the main roads I find the ward a relaxing area to wander round.

Describe your perfect day spent in and around Preston (what would you do, where would you go?) Difficult question. I love walking around Avenham & Miller Parks and looking down on them and the river from the old railway bridge

What are you most proud of since you became a councillor? Three things really. The amazing honour of being Mayor for my city, the privilege of being consort to my wife when she was mayor and being part of last year’s brilliant Guild. Despite financial constraints the Guild was a great success.

What one thing would you change about Preston? I wish more people took a pride in their surroundings and left less rubbish.

How do you see Preston’s future? Very bright. We have a lot going for us and after several false starts investment will shortly start flowing in. I am immensely proud of Preston and I know we can be even more successful.

What do you do when you’re not being a councillor or at work? I enjoy travel, photography, watching sport and reading.

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